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Posted on 12 Dec 2011 21:26:27 GMT
Overly Medicated

Try this book! All based on true story...

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2012 22:34:45 BDT
A. Gunnerson says:
way tooooooooo long,its longer than the actual book your reviewing

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jun 2012 20:44:40 BDT
Ashley Hames says:
That's a good read - on the same subject, this is even better
Happy Like Murderers

Posted on 7 Jun 2012 16:46:30 BDT
Chris Thrall says:
Here's my offering! Have a read of the reviews. Thank you.

Eating Smoke: One Man's Descent into Drug Psychosis in Hong Kong's Triad Heartland

"Chris Thrall left the Royal Marines to find fortune in Hong Kong, but following a bizarre series of jobs ended up homeless and addicted to crystal methamphetamine.

He began working for the 14K, one of Hong Kong's notorious crime syndicates, as a nightclub doorman in the Wan Chai red-light district.

Dealing with psychosis, conspiracy and the `foreign triad' - a secretive expat clique that works hand-in-hand with the Chinese mafia - he had to survive in the world's most unforgiving city, addicted to the world's most dangerous drug ..."

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2012 22:20:19 BDT
N. Aitken says:
Helter skelter is first class. It's about the mason murders, written by the prosecutor, Bugliossi. It will fascinate and scare the s@#$ out of you!

Posted on 16 Jun 2012 16:07:35 BDT
Three spring to mind- Snowblind by Robert Sabbag, an ins-and-outs guide to becoming an international coke smuggler based on the career of Zachary Swann?, Mr Nice- Extraordinary autobiography of charismatic welsh pot-head & IDS, Howard Marks. And last but not least The Infiltrators- Phillip Ettienne & Martin Maynard. Undercover officers from Scotland Yard's SO10 get up close with all sorts of 'orrible geezers in dangerous situations. (Couldn't put it down!)

Posted on 17 Jun 2012 08:19:31 BDT
Wrong Place Wrong Time, by David P Perlmutter, its about a guy from London who gets wrongly arrested for arson and manslaughter in Spain, its pretty harrowing, some humour in it and a well paced gripping read, worth a look!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2012 23:26:47 BDT
Bex28 says:
A. Reader!!
Tried to buy this book but don't have a kindle, read some of the book online though, know where i can get a hard copy from?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jun 2012 23:40:50 BDT
Apparently I have found out this book will be in print shortly, which I will get BUT you do not need a kindle, you can download kindle for PC, its free, so you can get it....also I was on youtube today and found this, watch it..

Also I have heard that this book maybe a movie....amazing!!

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 18:39:02 BDT
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Mr Grimm says:
Fatal by Harold Schechter
Depraved by Harold Schechter

All books by Professor Schechter are essential reading for any True Crime fan, but these two were my favorites they suck you in to another time and into the minds of diabolical characters and their descents into utter madness. It would take a genius to invent such characters and would seem too far fetched.

The Shrine of Jeffery Dahmer by Brian Masters
A Fathers Story by Lional Dahmer

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule. I couldn't put this book down, very well written & gripping from start to finish, gives you a good insight into the life of Ted Bundy.

Whoever Fights Monsters by Robert Ressler.
A must read for anyone interested in the psychology of serial killers and the criminal mind. Whoever Fights Monsters is the biography and case studies of expert profiler Robert Ressler who played a significant role in the F.B.I. behavioral sciences. The cases described are a good mix between infamous killers and of equally (if not more) disturbing lesser known cases in which he was involved. Highly recommended.

Panzram: A Journal of Murder by James O. Long and Thomas E. Gaddis. A very well put together book and worth every penny.

The Shoemaker: Anatomy of a Psychotic by Flora Rheta Schreiber. This is the story of Joseph Kallinger and his descent into madness and murder, definitely one of the strangest books that I've come across and will be sure to haunt you for some time.

Mobster Books.
Goodfellas by Nicholas Pileggi. Can't decide which I like more the book or the movie? both brilliant!
Casino by Nicholas Pileggi. Much better than the movie.

Cosa Nostra: A History of the Sicilian Mafia by John Dickie.

Underboss by Peter Maas. Nowhere near as good as the other mobster books mentioned in my opinion, but still worth a read and is fairly short.

Donnie Brasco by Joseph D Pistone. Better than the movie.

I'm not sure if the following books are classified under True Crime, but some of the most appallling crimes have been commited againgst the authors.

A Child Called 'It' by Dave Pelzer
The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer

Cry Silent Tears by Joe Peters
Cry Myself To Sleep by Joe Peters

These are very extreme abuse books and are by far an easy read but well worth the effort.

Posted on 1 Jul 2012 20:05:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jul 2012 00:17:07 BDT
Mitz says:
It depends whether you're interested in serial killers, organised crime, personal crime...

I'm interested in unusual suspects, married to interesting journeys to the crime itself and to the conclusion. I also like unsolved mysteries. My selection would be, apart from classics like Rules' 'Small Sacrifices' and Capote's 'In Cold Blood':

'Until the Twelfth of Never', Bella Stumbo. A high-flying lawyer's ex-wife, abandoned by her husband and stymied in her efforts for a settlement she considers fair, as well as enraged by his new marriage, takes the ultimate revenge. The story is so strong and Betty Broderick so complex that you sympathize with her one moment and want to shake her the next. Also, the author doesn't fall into the trap of making the victims saints. Fascinating.

"Bitter Blood', Jerry Bledsoe. Oh, my. What a strange, twisting, tragedy of a story, full of the most complex characters. It'll stay with you long after you close the book.

'The Boy In the Box', David Stout. One of the US's most enduring mysteries, the story of the body of a small boy found in a box, in 1957. 'Cold Case' TV series did an imagining of the case. Warning - graphic photos.

'In the Wake of the Butcher', James Jessen Badal. Another US mystery, a serial killer whom Eliot Ness failed to catch. Graphic photos.

'The Man with the Candy', Jack Olsen. A teenager kills his adult male friend. The story that comes tumbling out solves the mystery of teenage boys who had been disappearing from Houston, Texas, for years.

'The Bone Garden'. Little old lady opens a boarding house for welfare alcoholics and other vulnerable adults. When one of her boarders goes missing and the little old lady's explanations don't add up, his social workers call the police. A scandal, a tragedy and a sociopath's evil.

'Blind Eye', James B Stewart. How a doctor was able to romp his way through hospital after hospital, murdering at will, even after he'd been convicted of trying to poison colleagues. An absolute scandal.

'Death Sentence', Joe Sharkey. The story of a mild-mannered family annihilator; how and why he murdered and his 20-year life on the run. Sad and shocking.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 13:36:07 BDT
Why not give, WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME a go....David P Perlmutter..

Wrong Place Wrong Time: Gripping true story and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one way ticket to hell.

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 15:02:50 BDT
janflan says:
The Painter, the Laundress and the Murders at the Inns of Court If you like historical crime you might like this. It is the story of an Irish laundress who was tried and executed for killing three women in 1733 when she was only 22. Hogarth painted her portrait in Newgate Prison 2 days before she died. You will find all the evidence here and the trial proceedings so you can make your own mind up as to whether she was guilty or not. I do not think she did it, Charles Dickens did-you will find his account here as well. Eighteenth Century London is the setting and apart from Sarah Malcolm's sad story, there are details of skulduggery and corruption in high places! Bent politicians? Who would have thought it?

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Aug 2012 19:19:08 BDT
Janet Holt says:
Try 'The Stranger in my Life' by Janet Holt and Helen Parker. An autobiography, Accusations of Crime, a Missing Person and a 34 year old mystery finally solved.
If you're interested please have a look at the website

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Posted on 13 Nov 2012 21:23:46 GMT
Angel of Darkness: The True Story of Randy Kraft and the Most Heinous Murder Spree of the Century

Book about Randy Craft. One of the very worst serial killers I've read about.

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 12:46:59 GMT
Just about any book by Anne Rule. She is an American true crime writer, and in her long works, not the short, eight crimes to a book, she is superb. She also finds some strange crimes to write about. 'Everything She Ever Wanted' is an account of one of the strangest murders I have ever read. At lenght, Rule really establishes the characters and explores their motivation and secrets. Well worth reading.

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 16:08:30 GMT
Just to confirm that if you want to read a True Crime story that is ranking very highly in both UK and America then take a read of WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME.

Here are the links...

Wrong Place Wrong Time: Gripping true story and how my ticket to a new life turns out to be a one way ticket to hell.

Posted on 23 Nov 2012 14:58:00 GMT
Try the Prison Diary of the Disgraced Banker: A Banker in Bang Up

Recently released, both book and writer
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